Instead of a grooms cake the bride and groom opted for a cupcake table. A local barbeque joint makes the best cupcakes so the bride ordered them from there. My job was to figure out how to make the cupcakes presentable…in a vintage way of course. This wedding was literally the wedding of all things collected. We (the bride, me, and her mother) had been gathering furniture, doors, trinkets ect.. for about one month. The crazy thing is that 85% of the stuff was either from the MOB’s (mother-of-the Bride) house or from family and friends. It was all dropped off on Saturday morning and I had to pick through a smorgasbord of stuff and figure out where it should go. I had an idea in my head for the table and prepared a little for it, but as for what surrounds the table…I had no clue until Saturday.
Here is what I knew that I was going to use on the table:
- Large vintage boxes,
- Cake stands
- some other type of riser to get the cupcakes presented on levels.
I found two of these large drawers from what, I don’t know. They were sitting at the Re-Store for $2 a pop.
Also at the Re-store I found these old light fixtures for .25¢ a pop and these old ship-themed resorts door decor for .10¢ a pop.
All total I spent $5.00. (the owner gave it all to me for a flat five dollars.) Why the nasty old light fixtures and hotel decor? Here is what I did:
- I cleaned up the antiqued brass light fixtures with a wet rag and pulled the rope off the hotel door decor.
- I primed the wood circles.
- I ironed and cut a peice of fabric I had from Debbie’s wedding the size of the circles
- I used spray adhesive that I had to attach the circles of fabric to the top.
- I covered the edges by hot-gluing ribbon around the edges.
I used Liquid Nails I had to attach the wooden circle to the light fixture. I now had three cupcake/cake stands for less than a dollar each!
When I was setting up on Saturday I place a large folding table we had borrowed in the center of a little alcove that faced the pool. Guests would walk past this table after they got their food. I covered the folding table with 2 120X50 table cloths (all the table cloths were provided by the venue and that cost was included in their total fee!) I found three old windows in the stack of stuff. The bride’s sister-in-law used them for her wedding. I hung a chalkboard painted piece of plywood using twine and a push-pin on the back of the window. These chalkboard were also used by the brides sis-in-law. I had the bride’s friend (who is handy with a paintbrush) paint the word cupcakes on the sign.
I placed the wood boxes and the stands on the table. When the cupcake baker delivered the cupcakes she had covered a cardboard box with creme wrapping paper and gave it to me to use. I didn’t ask her to. She had no idea what I was doing. She just provided it thinking it would be the only thing on the table but it worked perfectly with my plan.
In the bride’s stack of gathered things were some old doors and old shutters. I grabbed a few to flank the table and added two wreaths that I had made. (how-to-post to come soon). The vintage look is fun because its random and it should look like a collection. The bride had found this school chair at a flea market and the bride’s aunt had let her borrow this antique ottoman. It all fit perfectly together.
At the last-minute the MOB brought over a bucket of extra flowers the florist had given her. These were extras from the brides and bridesmaid bouquets. I added a few to the wreath’s.
I wasn’t planning on this but it looked awesome! I added a little to the table in a vase I had from Debbie’s wedding. I added the Cupcakes and the strawberries and the bride had her vintage cupcake table. To be honest, this was my favorite part of the reception.
Total Cost for Cupcake Table
- Large Boxes – $4
- Folding Table – Free
- Table Cloth – Part of the Venue fee
- Shutters and Doors – Free (borrowed)
- Windows – Free (borrowed)
- Chalkboard – Free (borrowed)
- Pink Paint – .97¢
- Wreaths – Total Cost $10 (I will post how soon)
- Chair – $5 at a flea market
- Ottoman – Free (borrowed)
- Cake stands – All three $3.00 (including ribbon)
- Cardboard box riser – free (from cupcake baker)
- Twine – free – leftover from twine that the groom used for his proposal set up
- Vase – Free. I had them from Debbie’s wedding
- Flowers – Free (extras from the bouquets)
Total Cost for Cupcake Table: $23.00
A wedding on the cheap can look really nice. You just have to re-use, borrow, and be a little innovative. I have more wedding to share but Friday I will give you a little break with a home rehab post!
Thanks for reading,